Painting graffiti since 1999 and tattooing since 2009, Rasty is an artist of many skills. His dedication to this has made him one of the most respected artists in the South African graffiti and lowbrow art communities.
As a graffiti artist Rasty has been instrumental in the growth of the Johannesburg graffiti scene over the last two decades. His artwork has continuously evolved in style, from letters to cartoons to photo realism and hybrid deviants of all three, all the while executed with precision and a focus on technique. Through this continual pursuit of bettering his art he has inspired contemporaries and younger generations while setting the standard of quality for both.
In this panel discussion hosted by Grayscale Store & Gallery, well known Johannesburg graffiti artist Rasty Knayles and two other notable guests will discuss the influence Graffiti has had on Pop Culture over the decades since it's inception in the 1970's. Topics will include the history of graffiti, why and how it has influenced pop culture from fashion to music, the importance of recognising the roots of graffiti, as well as how contemporary graffiti artists can find their style and place in the saturated world of Pop Culture. There will be a Q&A element to the discussion for the public to be involved.